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Archive for April 2nd, 2009

MIDDLESEX COUNTY—A new free program that will train individuals in allied health and transportation is being offered to low-income Middlesex County residents. The program, funded by a grant from the Middlesex County Department of Workforce Development, is open to those 18-21 years old. They will actually be paid for their participation: $4.50 for each classroom hour; $7.15 for each internship hour and $20 per day during occupational training.

“This is aimed at those who have graduated from high school or received a GED and who may not be considering college at this time,” said Tracey Montani, director of the College’s Career Training program. “There is an income eligibility requirement as well as a Middlesex County residency requirement. This is an excellent opportunity for young adults to begin a career ladder.”

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 ELIZABETH–The annual Pinewood Derby Championship of the Boy Scouts of America Patriots’ Path Council, Munsee District will be held on Saturday, April 4, at Jersey Garden Mall in the center courtyard lower level. 

Sign-in / Weigh-in starts at 9:30 a.m. with racing fun starting by 10 a.m.  Come cheer on your Pack representatives from all levels of Cub Scouts: Tigers to Webelos II’s.  This event is being held in a public venue this year to increase the visibility of the great Scouting program in Munsee District (Patriots’ Path Council, BSA) which supports Scouting at all levels in the towns of Elizabeth, Roselle, Roselle Park, Linden, Rahway, Hillside, Clark, Cranford, Kenilworth and Union.

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EDISON—On April 15, the 97th anniversary of the sinking of the ship Titanic, Middlesex County College will present the author of the new historical fiction novel, Titanic: The Untold Story.  

What separates this novel from all other Titanic literature is that it tells the fictionalized story of Nathan Badeau, who was in truth, the Titanic’s only Negro passenger. The event is free and open to the public and reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Author and New Jersey native W. Mae Kent will appear in the Blue Colt Bookstore on the Edison campus on Wednesday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m., when she will share what she encountered and learned in her years of research, and answer questions on how her novel came to be. Signed copies of Titanic: The Untold Story will be available for purchase at 15 percent off the list price of $17.99.

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By Ellen Zwierzynski, Social Security District Manager in Elizabeth 

No one likes being the target of an April fool’s prank. 

If you’re receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, don’t let anyone fool you regarding your special one-time recovery payment of $250 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

To make sure no one does, we’ll state this as clearly as possible:

  • All Social Security and SSI beneficiaries who are eligible for the special one-time recovery payment will have their payment issued in May;
  • The payment is automatic; no action is required on your part; and
  • There are no requests to make, no applications to complete and no fees to pay.

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April is National Donate Life Month, and 100,000 people in the U.S. are racing the clock for their survival. They need an organ transplant, and over half of these individuals will die before getting their life-saving operation.

The issue is not shortage of organs, but a shortage of donors, according to David J. Undis, executive director of LifeSharers (www.lifesharers.org), a non-profit network of organ donors.

In the time it takes for 8,000 of these transplant hopefuls to die, approximately 20,000 viable organs will be thrown away – buried or cremated with their owners. LifeSharers wants to change that by giving people a chance to save their own lives by agreeing to donate their organs after they die.

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